Using Twitter to Counteract Hype, Part 2 – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of August 11, 2014)

Last week, I showed you some of the ways in which the healthcare community is using Twitter to combat hype and misinformation about Ebola. This week there is a more specific example of the same idea — how the Centers for Disease Control scheduled a Twitter chat to answer questions in public for clinicians and … Continue reading Using Twitter to Counteract Hype, Part 2 – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of August 11, 2014)

Hispanic women successfully navigate computer-based bilingual breastfeeding education program

From the AHRQ Electronic Newsletter (13 December 2013): Research supported by AHRQ evaluated the usability of a computerized learning program to provide breastfeeding education to Hispanic women residing in rural areas. “An interactive, bilingual touch-screen program to promote breastfeeding among Hispanic rural women: usability study” was published online on November 7 by the Journal of … Continue reading Hispanic women successfully navigate computer-based bilingual breastfeeding education program

New issue of Health Communication Science Digest

From the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): The November issue of Health Communication Science Digest (HCSD or Digest) is now available at http://intranet.cdc.gov/od/oc/hcse/hcsd. This month in the Digest there are several papers reporting new strategies and approaches for public health communication messaging (Appel & Mara; Chung & Slater; Gollust et al.; McKay-Nesbitt et … Continue reading New issue of Health Communication Science Digest

Health Literate Care Model

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): In 2012, Health Affairs published an article proposing a Health Literate Care Model that weaves health literacy strategies into the widely adopted Care Model (formerly known as the Chronic Care Model). The article describes how health care organizations can infuse health literacy into all aspects of … Continue reading Health Literate Care Model

Improving health, health systems, and health policy around the world

New from the National Academies Press: The roots of health literacy can be traced back to the national literacy movement in India under Gandhi and to aid groups working in Africa to promote education and health. The term health literacy was first used in 1974 and described as "health education meeting minimal standards for all … Continue reading Improving health, health systems, and health policy around the world

The need to increase patient health literacy

Here is an eye-opening post from Stephen's Lighthouse about the poor state of health literacy and how doctors can identify patients needing help: 6 signs of limited health literacy Patients with low health literacy may: Fill in registration forms incompletely or inaccurately. Frequently miss appointments. Fail to follow through with laboratory tests, imaging tests or … Continue reading The need to increase patient health literacy